5.the rest of the Thebans who were to have joined them with all their forces
before daybreak, in case of anything miscarrying with the body that had
entered, received the news of the affair on the road, and pressed forward to
Now Plataea is nearly eight miles from Thebes, and their march was delayed
by the rain that had fallen in the night, for the river Asopus had risen and
was not easy of passage;
and so, having to march in the rain, and being hindered in crossing the
river, they arrived too late, and found the whole party either slain or
When they learned what had happened, there at once formed a design against
the Plataeans outside the city.As the attack had been made in time of peace, and was perfectly unexpected,
there were of course men and stock in the fields; and the Thebans wished if possible to have some prisoners to exchange
against their countrymen in the town, should any chance to have been taken
Such was their plan.But the Plataeans suspected their intention almost before it was formed,
and becoming alarmed for their fellow-citizens outside the town, sent a
herald to the Thebans, reproaching them for their unscrupulous attempt to
seize their city in time of peace, and warning them against any outrage on
those outside.Should the warning be disregarded, they threatened to put to death the men
they had in their hands, but added that, on the Thebans retiring from their
territory, they would surrender the prisoners to their friends.
This is the Theban account of the matter, and they say that they had an
oath given them.The Plataeans, on the other hand, do not admit any promise of an immediate
surrender, but make it contingent upon subsequent negotiation: the oath they
Be this as it may, upon the Thebans retiring from their territory without
committing any injury, the Plataeans hastily got in whatever they had in the
country and immediately put the men to death.The prisoners were a hundred and eighty in number; Eurymachus, the person with whom the traitors had negotiated, being one.
Thucydides. The Peloponnesian War. London, J. M. Dent; New York, E. P. Dutton. 1910.
An XML version of this text is available for download,
with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted
changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.